Thursday, April 12, 2012

Asian Marinated Cucumbers

The sushi restaurant behind my house, Japon, has these wonderful little marinated cucumbers that they serve only if you're sitting at the sushi bar.  I know they couldn't be that hard to make so I tried re-creating them from some recipes I found on the web and ingredients in my pantry.  They are a great little Asian appetizer that gets better each day it marinates.


-1 English Cucumber (or 2 Japanese cucumbers)
-1/4 cup rice vinegar
-2 Tbsp sesame oil
-1-2 Tbsp salt
-1 tsp sugar
-pinch - 2 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes (depending on how much kick you want)

First, wash, pat dry, and thinly slice your cucumbers.  Either use a sharp knife or wider setting on a mandolin.  Put the cucumber slices in a large bowl and sprinkle with 1-2 Tbsp salt.  Just enough to cover each slice with a bit of salt.  Toss them to get evenly coated.

Let the cucumbers sit for about 15 minutes until they've absorbed some of the salt.  Place them in a colander/strainer and rinse off the salt.  Rinse out the large bowl and make the sauce.  Add 1/4 rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp sesame oil and 1 tsp sugar with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you want them spicier!). Whisk together.  Add the cucumber back in the bowl with the sauce. Toss until evenly coated.

Place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight before serving.  You want them to chill and absorb the flavors.  After a few days in the fridge there will begin to be a lot of liquid in the bottom of the tupperware.  You can either leave it there and use a slotted spoon to remove the cucumbers or pour it out.

Enjoy this light snack day after day or devour them as an appetizer for an Asian themed dinner-party.


  1. Thanks for posting this - could you tell me, do you drain the cucumber once you've tossed it in the vinegar mixture, or do you leave the cucumber slices in the vinegar while it's in the fridge?

    Many thanks.

    1. Tinkergirl, leave the cucumbers in the vinegar dressing. It will soak in the flavors in the fridge!

  2. We have marinated carrots, radishes, turnips, and beets along with ever plate of arabic hummus!!! :) glad to find u!!

  3. The sesame oil seems to be omitted from the prep...haven't tried the cucumbers yet as they are marinating but I did add the oil to the sauce...

    1. Stella, thanks for pointing that out! I will edit the post. Appreciate the feedback!!

  4. OK - I make this over. and over. and over! Everytime I go to a bbq (travels GREAT!) or just want a healthy snack, I whip this up. Everyone loves it, I love it, thank you SO much for posting!

  5. What is the measument for the vinegar.1/4 cup or TBS?


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